Online hacking: Diamond merchant duped of Rs 37L

Company email spoofed to plunder the amount

Mumbai : One 40-year-old Malabar Hill-based international diamond merchant has become the victim of online hacker, who allegedly spoofed his company email to plunder at least Rs 37 lakh.

A case has been registered at Malabar Hill police station and investigation is underway. Police smells inter-state link to the case, as payment was fraudulently asked to make in Haryana-based bank account.

After hacking the official email address of Sejal Savera, whose Nikhil Gems is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Zeolites, origin rough stones, tumble stones from Mumbai, the mail was sent to his international clients mostly based in the USA and Japan.

“One of his (Savera’s) official email-id was hacked and a mail was sent to his Los Angels-based client, asking him that the company has changed his bank account details for which a mail has already been previously sent,” said a senior police officer.

The hacker had shared one Haryana-based bank details for any further payment for the goods they receive, said the officer.

The victim was under state of shock when he did not receive the payment despite sending the goods to his Los Angels-based client, who had already made the payment to one Haryana-based bank account. “The said bank account of Haryana does not belong to the victim,” said the officer.

However, an FIR under section 419, 420 of IPC and relevant sections of IT Act has been registered but no arrest has been made so far.


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